GLSA-200412-17 : kfax: Multiple overflows in the included TIFF library

high Nessus Plugin ID 16004


The remote Gentoo host is missing one or more security-related patches.


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200412-17 (kfax: Multiple overflows in the included TIFF library)

Than Ngo discovered that kfax contains a private copy of the TIFF library and is therefore subject to several known vulnerabilities (see References).
Impact :

A remote attacker could entice a user to view a carefully-crafted TIFF image file with kfax, which would potentially lead to execution of arbitrary code with the rights of the user running kfax.
Workaround :

The KDE Team recommends to remove the kfax binary as well as the KPart:
rm /usr/kde/3.*/lib/kde3/ rm /usr/kde/3.*/bin/kfax Note: This will render the kfax functionality useless, if kfax functionality is needed you should upgrade to the KDE 3.3.2 which is not stable at the time of this writing.
There is no known workaround at this time.


All kfax users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=kde-base/kdegraphics-3.3.2'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 16004

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200412-17.nasl

Version: 1.21

Type: local

Published: 12/20/2004

Updated: 1/6/2021

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Vector: AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:gentoo:linux:kdegraphics, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Gentoo/release, Host/Gentoo/qpkg-list

Patch Publication Date: 12/19/2004

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2004-0803, CVE-2004-0804, CVE-2004-0886

GLSA: 200412-17